Following Everton Football Club has been full of highs, and lows, and a lot of mid-table finishes. We haven’t even got to December yet and already questions are being asked about where the club will finish this season, and what could be done in the January transfer window to help Marco Silva guarantee Everton will avoid the relegation zone.
Summer Spending at Goodison Park
The summer saw a lot of comings and goings at Goodison Park, with the squad being trimmed down a little, and strengthened with some new, young talent.
Many players that spent last season on loan were found free transfers to get the wage bill back under control and allow the club to invest in some fresh faces. The departure of Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain made way for the signings of Andre Gomes from Barcelona and Fabian Delph from Manchester City, and the signing of Jean Phillipe-Gbamin completed a trio of experienced, young midfielders for Marco Silva to choose from.
Everton managed to keep their net spend low over the summer. They made a number of sales, letting then add to their attacking options with Alex Iwobi from Arsenal and Moise Kean from Juventus. They gained a lot of youth and pace in the summer transfer window.
Leaner, Meaner and Greener
Many players in the squad have something in common. They have spent time competing for a starting position at a top European club and have come to Everton to get a chance to play football.
This has given Everton a group of talented players that were once cherished by some Europe’s biggest clubs, players who have a point to prove. There is a lot of determination and eagerness in the dressing room today, and youthful ambition can be the perfect fuel to push the team up the table as the season progresses. The manager is also young and has been given an opportunity to run one of the country’s biggest club names in football.
Marco Silva is in the Right Place at the Right Time
Everton manager Marco Silva has had a great career already, for a manager still in his early 40s. He took the reins of Sporting Club Portugal in 2014 and immediately began to impress.
His managerial career first brought him to England to manage Hull City in January 2017, to try and rescue their season. Though Hull did not survive the Premier League that year, Marco did and was signed to manage Watford. His managerial style has always won him plaudits with English fans, and when he arrived at Goodison Park he seemed like he was in the right place at the right time.
He has continued to impress Everton fans, moulding the squad into a younger side with much more pace and firepower than was there when he started. The online betting service, NetBet sport seems confident in Marco Silva and Everton’s future. The online bookmaker takes bets on relegation throughout the season, and Everton are not strong contenders in their view. Their odds are in favour of Marco taking the club to a top ten finish. A place in Europe next season could even be on the cards if the squad can become more consistent.
The Squad is Improving with Each Game They Play
Since the summer, the team has shown signs of gelling well with one another, with the now older and more experienced players like Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson linking up well with the promising Tom Davies and Richarlison to create an exciting and attacking midfield.
Everton have had some mixed form over the past couple of months, but with plenty of signs of improvement. A week in mid-September may come back to haunt Everton at the end of the season. Two losses in the league to Bournemouth away, and worse still a loss to Sheffield United at Goodison Park, were crucial points dropped.
Those points could be the difference between relegation or a European qualifying position the way the team has performed since. The loss at home to Manchester City wasn’t too surprising, but losses away to Burnley and Brighton should have been games were Everton picked up points on the road. These lost points could also be important in May.
The club’s current form has been much better, and maybe a corner has been turned if the team continue to be more consistent and pick up some points away. Everton being Everton, this improvement in form is still marred by an incredible low, as the change in form began with a home draw against Tottenham Hotspur, where the promising Andre Gomes suffered an awful injury that may rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Future Looks Bigger and Brighter for Everton F.C.
Off the pitch, Everton are close to building a new stadium on the waterfront of Liverpool, redeveloping one of the city’s largest docks, as well as redeveloping the Goodison Park site for the benefit of the people of Everton.
Everton have needed a new ground or redevelopment of Goodison Park for a long time now and it seems they will now get both. The new stadium will have a capacity of around 52,000, giving the club a much better revenue than Goodison Park can currently manage, and historic Goodison will still remain a part of the Everton Community.
The club looks on the ascendant in both the short and long term. Marco Silva has the charisma and talent to create a fantastic squad, with strong options in a number of positions. The hunger and eagerness of the younger members is balanced well with the experience of the older players, who also have a point to prove and a desire to play in Europe once again.
Everton have all the pieces they need to avoid a relegation battle at the end of the season, and they do look like they are starting to find some solidity in defence and some consistency in attack. If they find their feet and keep the results up at home, they could be travelling to Europe next season.
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